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Name of Library: Westminster Abbey Library

Address: East Cloister, London SW1P 3PA

Town: London

Telephone: 020 7654 4830

Fax: 020 7654 4827

E-mail: library@westminster-abbey.org

Website: http://www.westminster-abbey.org

Alternative names


Tony Trowles

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

Serves Westminster Abbey and visiting scholars (mainly historians)

Terms of access

Open by appointment to bona-fide scholars

Opening hours

M-F 10.00-13.00, 14.00-16.45

Disabled access

Two staircases (one spiral) to reading room. No lift.




8,000 theology (16,000 total)

Periodicals - Back Issues

Current Periodicals


Large collection of muniments relating to Westminster Abbey and the Benedictine monastery

Volumes added per year

Theological collection is virtually static


Medieval to C18 editions of scripture, Church fathers, etc., Sermons, controversial pamphlets

Special Collections


Ca. 20 mss of relevance to liturgy

Research resource

Church history; patristic studies; coronation collection

Catalogue Type

Computer, Card

URL of catalogue

Other facilities


Full Time Staff 3 (none solely concerned with theology

Part Time Staff

Voluntary Staff

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